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« on: August 05, 2009, 06:53:56 AM »

Hi All,

My husband and I would like to travel but his one hangup is that he wants to cannulate his own buttonholes (don't know if I have the terminology right), i.e., doesn't want anyone else sticking him. He does home hemo and is only comfortable when he has total control. I'm sure many of you can relate.

Does anyone have any past experience with this being allowed or disallowed in most centers?

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 12:44:51 PM »

Might depend on the center so be sure to check ahead and INSIST that he do the needling or you won't come.  Especially with buttonholes, the consistency is key.
I visited two different centers, many years ago in the US and did my own needles at both.  Neither had ever had a patient do their own at that time but they weren't particularly bothered about letting me do them.

Pyelonephritis (began at 8 mos old)
Home haemo 1980-1985 (self-cannulated with 15 gauge sharps)
Cadaveric transplant 1985
New upper-arm fistula April 2008
Uldall-Cook catheter inserted May 2008
Haemo-dialysis, self care unit June 2008
(2 1/2 hours X 5 weekly)
Self-cannulated, 15 gauge blunts, buttonholes.
Living donor transplant (sister-in law Kathy) Feb. 2009
First failed kidney transplant removed Apr.  2009
Second trx doing great so far...all lab values in normal ranges
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 01:24:32 PM »

We have a few patients in the center that I go to that stick themselves.

I'd call around to the centers in the area you are planning to visit and ask questions. I travel very frequently between Ohio and Southern California and have never had a problem with dialysis centers in my destination city. Always very helpful and listen to me about my accesses (I've had some interesting difficulties!) before they go stabbing around.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 08:41:24 AM »

Thanks, that is encouraging news....YIPEE maybe we can do some travelling now!!!
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